The Naples-headquartered Grimaldi Group has ordered five, option two, pure car and truck carriers (PCTCs) at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Company Limited and China Shipbuilding Trading Company Limited, both subsidiaries of China State Shipbuilding Corporation Limited. The total investment could total more than USD 630 million and comes just about two months after the company ordered five more PCTCs.
The 200m-long vessels will have a capacity of 9,000 car equivalent units (CEU) and their design has evolved from the 6,700-CEU PCTCs – Grande Balitmora, Grande New York, and Grande Halifax, commissioned between 2016 and 2018. They are designed to ship conventional and electric vehicles as well as heavy rolling freight cargoes of up to 250 tonnes.
The vessels are to be the first units equipped with a new type of electronic engine, the company said, with a specific fuel consumption that is one of the lowest in its category. Their emission abatement systems will ensure that they comply with the strictest limits for CO2, NOx and SOx.
The PCTCs will have ‘Ammonia Ready’ class notation from RINA, signifying that they can be converted to use ammonia as fuel in the future. They have also been designed to connect to shore power systems when available.
Upon their delivery in 2025-26, the new ships will operate on Grimaldi services between Europe, North Africa, the Near East, and the Far East.
Grimaldi orders more car carriers in China